The Best Appearing Car theme for the 2014 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s has been set. With the recent passing of industry icon and Speedway Motors founder ‘Speedy’ Bill Smith, this year’s theme will be a tribute to the man who founded Speedway Motors and established and built ‘America’s Oldest Speed Shop’. Cars designed with a Speedy Bill tribute or Speedway Motors theme will be considered in the judging for Best Appearing Car in the IMCA Modified, Stock Car, SportMod and Hobby Stock divisions. In addition to the theme, designs must include the required IMCA decals for each division to be eligible. All drivers entered in the judging will receive $100 gift cards from Speedway Motors. Late Model and Sport Compact drivers participating with the same theme will also receive $100 gift cards but will not be judged. Speedway Motors is in its 20th year as the title sponsor of the Super Nationals event, which runs from September 1-6, 2014, at the Boone, Iowa, Speedway.
DONNELLSON, Iowa (June 19) – Another ominous forecast has resulted in another XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour postponement. With rain in the late afternoon and evening forecast, the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified tour event scheduled tonight (Tuesday) at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson has been moved to Monday, July 14. Program of events for that night is to be announced. The new date makes for an even busier week of racing for IMCA Modified drivers, following weekly races and the July 13 Hogan Memorial at Benton County Speedway in Vinton. The Hawkeye Dirt Tour is at Southern Iowa Speedway on Tuesday, July 15 and at Knoxville Raceway on Thursday, July 17 for the Harris Clash show; Oskaloosa’s regular weekly show is on the Wednesday between those dates.
MANDAN, N.D. – Kupper Chevrolet returns this season as title sponsor for the Dakota Classic Modified and Stock Car Tours. This is the second in a three-year pact. The largest Chevrolet dealer in North Dakota, Kupper again provides point funds of $2,000 for traveling IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds and $1,000 for traveling IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. The Kupper Automotive companies include Kupper Chevrolet and Kupper Subaru in Mandan and Bismarck Motor Company. Kupper Chevrolet also supplies crate engines that are an option for three of the IMCA divisions sanctioned in North Dakota. “This tour continues to grow and has become a ‘must-attend’ for many of our Modified and Stock Car racers, not just in the upper Midwest but across the country,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder observed. “The support of Kupper has been a welcome addition and a relationship we’re very proud of.” Opening night for the 25th annual Modified series and the seventh annual Stock Car series is Sunday, July 6 at Nodak Speedway. The series are at Estevan Motor Speedway on July [Read More]
DUNDEE, N.Y. (June 15) – Matt Cole might have himself a new favorite track. Cole made his first visit to Yates County Speedway on Sunday and came away with his career-first Friesen Chevrolet Empire State Series victory. “It’s a fun little track,” said the third-year IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified driver. “My luck at new tracks has been pretty good so far this season. Hopefully that’s something we can continue.” Keith Lamphere led much of the way before giving up the lead to Cole in the late going and finishing second. Rich Karlnoski, Bumps Scutt and Mike Griffin completed the top five. Gary Smith and Lamphere led the pack to green with Smith grabbing the early lead. Lamphere took over briefly before relinquishing the lead to Chris Fleming. Fleming and Lamphere went side-by-side for several laps. Their battle ended following a lap 14 restart, however, when the rear locked up on Fleming’s car and sidelined him for the balance. Cole then entered the picture, hounding Lamphere until finally making his move to the front on [Read More]
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. (June 8) – The driver with the most career Stock Car tour wins became the driver with the most recent Redline Racing Parts North Star Series Modified victory Sunday at Redwood Speedway. Dustin Larson earned his career first IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified checkers by passing Curt Lund for the lead on the seventh of 20 laps and then holding off challenges from Jerry Wren. “I was pretty happy to pass Curt. He’s pretty good,” said Larson, an eight-time series Stock Car winner and the 2012 champion. “This was my eighth night in a Modified and I’m starting to get the hang of it. It definitely drives differently than a Stock Car but it’s fun.” The last caution waved with five to go. Larson won by four car lengths. Josh Meyer and defending champion Brandon Beckendorf completed the top five. Larson’s father Jim won for a second time in defense of his IMCA Sunoco Stock Car series crown. After starting fourth, the senior Larson was quickly up to second and took the [Read More]
MANDAN, N.D. – Registration is now open for the upcoming Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour at the www.dakotaclassictour.com website. Drivers who want to speed up the entry process for the first tour race at Nodak Speedway in Minot on Sunday, July 6 will only have to pay their pit fees and get to the pit area quickly by using this simple online form. Tour officials also use these entries to forward demographics to other tracks later in the week. In addition, pre-entered names also go to news media outlets so racing fans will know ahead of time who will be racing the tour this year. The 25th annual series will also be paying a record $2,000 to win each IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature and $800 to win the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature at all six tracks as XSAN has agreed to pick up the extra payout to enhance the best talent to race for six consecutive nights. Series title sponsor Kupper Chevrolet of Mandan will provide point funds of $2,000 for the [Read More]
ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (May 30-31) – He’s always been consistent, but it’s been a while since Justen Yeager put together an EQ Cylinder Heads Wild West Tour winning streak. He’s hoping the current trend continues. Yeager swept IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified series events at Sweetwater Speedway, earning $1,000 for each of his Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31 victories. “It’s always good to win at home,” said the three-time tour champion, who took the opening night checkers ahead of Eddie Belec and Jeremy Frenier, then topped the Saturday show ahead of Belec and Jeff Hunter. “It was nice to have those Colorado guys come up here. They’re all really good drivers and it’s fun to race with them.” After starting 12th on Friday, Yeager used higher and lower lines to catch up with Jeremy Frenier. He moved to the middle groove to pass for the lead on the ninth of 30 circuits. “You could race every inch of that track,” said Yeager, pressured by Belec and Frenier while the three ran with lapped [Read More]
LINCOLN, Neb. – Victory Lane fell silent this weekend as the performance automotive community lost a pioneering racer, hot rodder and entrepreneur. “Speedy” Bill Smith, founder and owner of Speedway Motors, died May 30 at his home in Lincoln, Neb., just weeks before his 85th birthday. He is survived by four sons, their wives, ten grandchildren and an extended family of Speedway Motors employees and thousands of loyal customers. A Lincoln, Neb., native, Smith got hooked on cars early in life and began buying, fixing, and selling Model T’s for profit as a teen. Soon he was racing, first motorcycles, then cars, while attending classes at Nebraska Wesleyan University. After earning a degree in education, Smith followed his automotive passion and opened Speedway Motors in 1952, aided by a $300 loan from his wife Joyce. A combination of passion, tenacity and innovation allowed Smith to grow a small 20×20 storefront into a flourishing mail-order business and manufacturing empire. During its 62 years in business, Speedway Motors has grown to become one of the largest manufacturers, [Read More]
By Dave Panske SEYMOUR, Wis. (May 25) – Brandon Czarapata wrote his name in the IMCA history books with his 100th career feature win Sunday at Seymour Speedway. After Travis Springstroh led the opening lap of the Coors Light IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main, Czarapata made a quick move to the outside as the field ran three and four-wide. Czarapata rocketed from the 12th starting spot to the lead on lap 2 before the lone caution of the race appeared. Czarapata quickly took control after the restart and left little doubt who the winner would be, extending his lead to the finish. In addition to his career 100th sanctioned victory, the win was Czarapata’s third straight locally and 34th on the all-time list at Seymour. There was plenty of action for second as Kyle Frederick, John Heinz, Jeremy Wiitala, Springstroh and Rod Snellenberger double and tripled up behind Czarapata. After starting 16th, Barry Van Straten was in perfect rhythm and worked his way into the fray by lap 10. Over the final half of the [Read More]
BEATRICE, Neb. (May 23) – A driver who’s proven himself on dirt ovals around the Midwest enjoyed a milestone win at his hometown track Friday night. Jordan Grabouski won the May 23 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature at Beatrice Speedway. The victory was his career 100th in the sanctioned class. “You have to race a lot to be able to accomplish something like this. It’s a lot of hard work and you have to have a lot of help from your family, your crew and sponsors,” said Grabouski, 25 years old and the youngest driver in division history to reach triple digit wins. “I love to race. I like going to the lake and I like playing golf, but racing is my passion. I wouldn’t be happy if I wasn’t racing.” His first two Modified victories came during the 2006 season. Grabouski earned a personal single-season and division-best 29 checkers in winning the national championship in 2011. “I always want to set my goals really high but 100 Modified wins wasn’t something I ever [Read More]